Pioneering Today

Learn what our ancestors served at Christmas and the history and necessity behind the recipes. Old-fashioned tips and recipes, plus tips to serve up some of these foods for your family in homesteading and pioneer style. Both the stories and their self-sufficiency were the base for many of these traditional Christmas foods. 

Direct download: Podcast985HistoricalChristmasFoodsfrom100Yearsago.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 10:07am PST

Learn how to make these easy DIY 5 frugal and homemade gifts for Christmas or anytime. 

Direct download: Podcast975HomesteadFrugalGifts.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 2:42pm PST

Learn how to make an old-fashioned evergreen wreath and decorations like the pioneers, using items already growing on your homestead and land or in your home. How to repurpose and reuse them for your homemade holiday decor.

Direct download: Podcast96HowtoMakeOldFashionedEvergreenWreathDecorations.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 7:23am PST

Grab these tips to put into place now to have an old-fashioned, frugal, and homemade Christmas homestead style. These will not only save you money but also keep Christmas simple so you're not overwhelmed. 

Direct download: Podcast955FrugalHomemadeChristmasTips.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 4:51pm PST

Learn how to make homemade extracts with tips on saving time, best sources of ingredients to avoid GMO's, best flavors, and recipes for making over 6 different homemade extracts. 

Direct download: Podcast94HomemadeVanillaExtracts.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 12:15pm PST

We share over 5 tips today that will help you save money and cultivate a new mindset on your homesteading journey. I think my favorites are tip #4 and #6, how about you?

Direct download: Podcast935HomesteadingTipsthatWillSaveYouMoney.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 9:13pm PST

Learn how to make old-fashioned saltwater brine pickles, aka fermented, pickles. The best type of salt, water, temperatures, and tips for success. Plus, how long to ferment and storage requirements. 

Make pickles like the pioneers and your great-grandmother did with just 3 ingredients!

Direct download: Podcast92SaltwaterBrineFermentedPickles.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 6:15pm PST

How to Make Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Learn how to make easy homemade apple cider vinegar with troubleshooting tips to make sure it turns out and uses for apple cider vinegar for a natural homestead and home health remedies. 

For full show notes, pictures, and video on how to make apple cider vinegar go to 

Direct download: Podcast91AppleCiderVinegarandTips.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 10:28am PST

We dive into what the ingredients on your skin and body care products really mean and how to know which ones are benefiting your skin and which ones aren't. We share how to help your skin if you're suffering from acne, eczema, and other skin irritations and how to make sure you're not paying for filler ingredients that don't benefit the skin. 

Direct download: Podcast905HiddenIngredients.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 7:33am PST

Tips for getting it all done when you're swamped, from a full time homesteader with a day job. 

Direct download: Podcast89TipsforTimeManagement.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 8:20pm PST

We discuss the cost breakdown of canning at home compared to store bought, plus other health and convenience concerns to consider when comparing. How much does that jar of home canned food actually cost? 

Direct download: Podcast88CostofHomeCanning.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 11:29am PST

Learn the plain living tips and lessons from the Amish and Mennonites, what makes them different, and clear up some common misconceptions about the groups. 

Direct download: Podcast87LessonsfromAmishandMennonites.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 1:39pm PST

Learn the money mistakes even frugal people make and how to get back on track homesteading style. 

Direct download: 86MoneyMistakesFrugalPeopleMake.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 10:43am PST

Learn how to dry cure meat at home like the pioneers, which recipes and cuts don't require refrigeration, salt ratios, and safety to making shelf stable meats like salami, pepperoni, and prosciutto with traditional methods at home. 

Direct download: PODCAST85DryCuringMeat.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 10:22am PST

Learn the best picks that double for companion planting and preserving while helping control pests naturally in the garden. 

Direct download: Podcast84CompanionPlantingandPreserving.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 9:47am PST

Learn how much of each plant you need to plant in order to feed your family for a year. Old time advice on putting up enough food from what you've grown to last you all year. 

Direct download: Podcast83HowMuchFoodtoPlantforaYearsWorthofFood.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 9:24pm PST

Put edible plants into your landscaping. Learn forgotten plants that are edible and how to incorporate these elements into existing areas or create brand new ones. 

Direct download: Podcast82CreateEdibleLandscaping.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 1:30pm PST

What life was like during the Great Depression and 1940's without electricity or indoor plumbing. 

Direct download: Podcast81interviewwithDad.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 4:36pm PST

A lost historical canning recipe and life lessons from the Great Depression. Plus, a special invite to send in questions for the Q&A podcast with my father, who was raised during the Great Depression.

Direct download: MasterPodcast80TOmato.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 5:55pm PST

How to raise ducks & why they're our top pick for preppers and homesteaders wanting a daily egg source! 

Direct download: Podcast79DuckEggsDaily.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 8:44pm PST

Tips on raising chickens without heat lamps, best breeds for cold climates, and how to keep your flock healthy and warm like the pioneers. 

Direct download: HowtoRaiseChickensPart1withLisa.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 9:09pm PST

Learn how eating this one old-fashioned food daily helps naturally boost your immune system and how to make it in less than 15 minutes for half the cost of store bought! 

Direct download: Podcast77BoostYourImmuneSystemYogurt.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 10:28am PST

Which vegetables give you the most harvest for the smallest amount of space and are the best candidates for seed saving. We grow enough of these two plants to save the seed and preserve enough food to feed our family year round. 

Direct download: Podcast76BestPlantsForSmallSpacesSelfSufficiency.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 5:12pm PST

Direct download: podcast75gardeningtips.mp3
Category:Leisure -- posted at: 2:19pm PST